Overall, 2019 was a good reading year for me. I loved a lot of the books I read, but only a few stand out as favorites. Most of the books are linked to a separate review, so just click the title if you want to hear more of my thoughts.
The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows – This is my top favorite book of the year, and of all-time. I read it three times, including listening to the audiobook once. I did see the movie and wrote about it; I was not too impressed when I first watched it, but it has definitely grown on me since then, though there are still things I would change.
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor – Strange the Dreamer was one of my favorite books last year and this book was no different. I read it in January, but it held up all year and is my second favorite this year. It is so freaking good!!
The Paper & Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie – This book reminded me a lot of Guernsey. I loved the characters and the friendships they formed. The writing was cozy and charming. Can’t wait for book 2!
Tilly & the Bookwanderers by Anna James – Another cozy read. From page one I could tell I was going to love it. It’s perfect for book lovers.
The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker – This book was so good. I loved the father/daughter relationship as well as the romance. I also became obsessed with Alaska after reading this.
Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor & Heather Webb – This was my only holiday read of the year and was surprised by how much I ended up loving it. This book is much like Guernsey in that it is a novel written in letters. This book is set during WWI, which I don’t know much about. It is a romance, and even though there wasn’t much happening overall, I did not want to stop reading it. It is such a great story.
Those are what I consider my top favorite, but there are others I loved a lot as well. My honorable mentions: The Book Thief, Murder at the Brightwell, The Gilded Wolves, Wundersmith, Lost City of the Monkey God, and All the Ugly & Wonderful Things.